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Letters to a Young Lawyer : Art of Mentoring (Paperback) - Alan Dershowitz

Letters to a Young Lawyer

Art of Mentoring (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 12th April 2005
ISBN: 9780465016334
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 18+ years old

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As defender of both the righteous and the questionable, Alan Dershowitz has become perhaps the most famous and outspoken attorney in the land. Whether or not they agree with his legal tactics, most people would agree that he possesses a powerful and profound sense of justice. In this meditation on his profession, Dershowitz writes about life, law, and the opportunities that young lawyers have to do good and do well at the same time. We live in an age of growing dissatisfaction with law as a career, which ironically comes at a time of unprecedented wealth for many lawyers. Dershowitz addresses this paradox, as well as the uncomfortable reality of working hard for clients who are often without many redeeming qualities. He writes about the lure of money, fame, and power, as well as about the seduction of success. In the process, he conveys some of the "tricks of the trade" that have helped him win cases and become successful at the art and practice of "lawyering. "

"Quintessential Dershowitz: fast-thinking, fast-talking, and unapologetically opinionated." Kirkus Reviews"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Life and Career
Pick Your Heroes Carefullyp. 3
Live the Passion of Your Timesp. 15
Have a Good Enemies' Listp. 19
Don't Do What You're Best Atp. 21
Don't Have Deathbed Regretsp. 25
Don't Follow "Off-the-Rack" Advicep. 29
Don't Limit Your Options by Making a Lot of Moneyp. 33
Don't Risk What You Don't Have Enough of to Get More of What You Have Plenty Ofp. 37
Is There an Absolute Morality?p. 41
Should Good Lawyers Defend Bad People?p. 47
Defending Yourself from Legal McCarthyismp. 57
How to Balance Idealism, Realism and Cynicismp. 65
Your Last Examp. 69
Self-Doubtsp. 73
The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Excellentp. 77
An Honorable Profession?p. 79
Blowing the Whistlep. 83
The Good, the Bad, the Honest and the Dishonestp. 87
Your Client Is Not Your Friendp. 95
Stop Whining, Start Winningp. 99
Winning and Losing
Where Can You Learn Advocacy?p. 105
Winning Before a Jury: The "Aha" Theoryp. 111
Winning Before a Judge: Political Justicep. 119
Arguing in the Supreme Courtp. 125
Who Is Your Client?p. 129
Losingp. 133
Don't Underestimate Your Opponentp. 135
The Prosecutor's Blind Spotp. 137
The Difference Between a Prosecutor and a Defense Attorneyp. 147
Lawyers' Morals-and Other Oxymoronsp. 151
Know When to Fight-and When to Give Inp. 161
Dealing with Criticismp. 163
Being a Good Person
Can a Good Lawyer Be a Good Person?p. 169
Can You Pass the "Fluoridation" Test?p. 177
Graduating Law Studentsp. 181
Graduating University Studentsp. 187
Why Be a Good Person?p. 193
Notesp. 201
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ISBN: 9780465016334
ISBN-10: 0465016332
Series: Art of Mentoring (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 12th April 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 12.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1